– Breast Cancer Care lunch and dinner
– another triumph over adversity
– John Barrowman in da house! Taking over last Saturday night’s gift show
– Liz Earle’s spectacular limited edition Cleanse and Polish – Rose and Lavender!
– And Hope Springs pleases, whilst Downton disappoints! Do you feel the same?
Breast Cancer Care events
This is as hot off the press as it comes! Last night (3rd) it was the annual Breast Cancer Care event day. I attended both the lunch and the dinner in aid of QVC’s regular charity.
And at the evening bash, many of us went along and bought tickets to support Ali Keenan (our lovely fellow presenter who underwent a double mastectomy earlier this year) as she and the other BCC models strutted their stuff on the catwalk twice in one day. The models and their stories were truly inspiring and it was a really joyous day, I have to say.
At lunchtime, I helped to meet and greet a table of mostly QVC viewers, and enjoyed a delicious lunch into the bargain, and some great entertainment. Joe McElderry was the opening act earlier on and Geri Halliwell provided some light entertainment in the evening whilst we all marvelled at the fact that there were so many of us in one place!. NB who else attended but wasn’t in this video? Leave me a comment below with your guess!
One of my highlights was winning the silent auction (conducted cleverly via an i- tablet on the table) – which was a day at Woman And Home magazine, including attending a fashion shoot, and a makeover and styling session, then after lunch a trip round their offices.
I’m thinking my daughter Lauren might love this, if she can spare time to come down from Bath for it! We’ll see.
And it was lovely meeting the viewers at lunchtime, all six of them! Tehmina, Mila, Marion, Jayne, Lisa and Mo. And thanks to Mo for ‘subbing’ me £10 for the raffle and the ‘Heads and Tails’ game – IOU one. Well, IOU ten actually! Lol.
Totally random but it worked! And one final highlight is that Debbie Greenwood did one of the speeches, recognising the accomplishments of her dear friend – and ours – Ali K. Yes it was moving for sure! Well done Deb!
Don’t forget to check out her blog – and Ali K’s blog when she’s done it, to find out more about what it was like from her point of view! Plus lovely Will Gowing was with me at lunchtime and also is putting a blog up about it all.
Yes, if I can, I’ll put the goodie bag I got up for a little competition – maybe next week! And finally, early warning, put the Breast Cancer Care QVC night date in your diary. Grab the remote and sit in front of QVC waiting with dialling fingers poised – ‘cos last year there were tons of sell outs as all the donated products tend to fly out – all at wonderful prices! From 6pm on 17th October.
– How fabulous to see John on with me on the last Saturday night show! He stole the show! His ‘Him’ set is great value and has been getting very good reviews too.
He chatted about his behind the scenes show for the new Dallas, and stirred up a bit of mayhem in the green room and stole all the Thorntons! Lol.
Dale’s on this week’s Saturday night extravaganza 8pm onwards, and again all gifts opened on xmas day, bought from this show, will have extended money back guarantee (till 25th January).
It’s certainly different and am enjoying making a change to the usual one after over 15 years! – but the eucalyptus etc original will be hard to beat, long term!
Mind you I bet the new one’s stock will evaporate instantly – many people will buy several all at once cos it’s limited so – you have been warned! Lol. Watch out for it in the Liz Earle hour at 6pm on 5th October.
Another Marlene moment for you and… stop press… we’re finally putting to bed some dates for Macrobiotic Marlene to come down to Surrey to run a short course and/or evening class on the diet/cooking/eating method that’s transformed me since I attended her workshop end of April.
Talk about looking and feeling well, or so I’m told! She’s intending to specialise in weightloss. Do leave me a comment below if you’d be interested – it may well be first weekend in December – we’re just awaiting confirmation! First come first served so do ensure you leave me a comment.
NB JUST SAY if you do not wish your comment to be published but would like me to pass your info on to Marlene.
– Blooper – just had to include this one from Dale’s gift show last week – Danny from HP didn’t know what to say! lol!
WATCH – OK so last week I had the trailer for Hope Springs. Then I went to see it. OMG – I absolutely loved it! It was just incredibly powerfully acted, both Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones excelling as the fifty-something marrieds who need a marriage reboot. I’d say a good eight and half out of ten – highly recommended.
And what to watch for this section? It would have been Downton Abbey. But it’s not for this reason – am I the only one thinking that this series is becoming disappointingly predictable – i.e. It’s ok to solve most of the ‘problems’ within one episode – eg Lady Mary managing to find a coincidental servant who sent a letter in season two, leading to the future of Downton being saved. Takes away the narrative drive, I think. What do you think? Leave me a comment below! Use itv player to not miss a single episode and watch it when it suits you!
Ditto with my ‘watch’ for this week – Moone Boy on sky1. It’s a charming little sitcom about a fantasy friend – Chris O ‘Dowd who also wrote it. Zany, off the wall and quite watchable! And I don’t just mean Chris altho he is rather a dish – has been since playing the love interest in ‘Bridesmaids’. What do you think?
QVC– THIS WEEKEND – I am doing two Today’s Special Value’s – Saturday night it’s the No-No permanent hair reduction system, with a first for QVC – an extended try out period!
And Sunday night it’s the return of the lovely pop star Lulu herself – lots of you buy her items for xmas so stand by!
Next week – author interview alert! Jessica Hart – remember her? (my romantic novelist tutor who writes for Mills and Boon) – has taken a new direction after 20 years and published a brand new stand alone novel called ‘Time’s Echo’ – and guess what? If you’d like to win a copy, do check back in on here next week!
Best wishes Debs X
P.S. My TiFFT (Try it For the First Time Club) event for September can be something simple this month – my first ever Decleor facial with guest Fiona Brackenbury herself – in the salon in Guildford. Superb! Or of course all the work on Ancestry.co.uk – and for the first time getting back, now, to the early 1800’s whilst tracing back my family tree! Yours? Write it in below – it’s always nice to hear from you guys! Details about how to comment can be found at the top of my main blog page.